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The following Events are sponsored or co-sponsored by The Textile Institute. Just click on the event for additional information.

  • 2016 February 22-24 : Introduction to Textiles Short Course, Manchester, UK
  • 2016 February 24-25: Creative Cut - The Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting, Huddersfield, UK
  • 2016 February 25: POST-ITMA
  • 2016 March 2: London College of Fashion - A Creative Vision
  • 2016 March 3: Introduction to Clothing - Garment Specification
  • 2016 March 17: Introduction to Clothing - Product Dvelopment
  • 2016 April 12: The UK fashion and textile industry
  • 2016 April 25-28: The 90th Textile Institute World Conference, Poznan, Poland
  • 2016 May 19: Creative industries in England - Westminster Media Forum
  • 2016 October 19: Levinstein Flame Retardant Lecture

    Introduction to Textiles - Training Short Course
    22 - 24 February 2016, Manchester, UK

    This intensive three day training short course is organised for the benefit of all those who are engaged in the manufacture, research and development as well as the commercial aspects of textile business. The course will cover Fibres, yarns and fabrics used in textile products for apparel, household and technical textiles applications as core modules. The third day will offer two specialist modules covering dyeing & finishing and testing & analysis.

    Course agenda

    Day 1 - Fibres and Yarns - their production, properties and areas of application

    Day 2 -Weaving, Warp & weft knitting and Nonwoven fabrics - learning about yarn preparation, fabric structure, fabric properties and areas of application.  Warp & weft knitting - fabric production, fabric structure, fabric properties and areas of application. Nonwoven fabrics - classification, wen formation, wet-laid, dry-laid and polymer-laid fabric production, fabric properties and areas of application.

    Day 3 - Dyeing & finishing and Fabric testing & analysis - preparatory processes for different textile materials, dying, principles of colouration. Fabric testing & analysis - fabric performance, fabric specifications, fabric testing and analysis.

    Full Course (3 Days), 2 days and 1 day costs (All including VAT)

    TI members - £640, £432 and £256

    Non Members - £800, £540 and £320

    Students - £450, £300 and £150

    Don't miss out, limited spaces so book now!

    Booking Form



    The Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting
    24th and 25th February 2016, Huddersfield, UK
    Creative Cut

    Fashion journalist, Brenda Polen described creative pattern cutting as: “illuminating, inspired, intricate, whimsical, subtle, complex, challenging, eclectic, weird, dramatic and sculptural" (Rotor, 2014 p. 14).

    The Second International Conference for Creative Pattern Cutting is the second global conference to promote contemporary research into the art of creative cut and its significance within the fashion industry. There has been a tremendous global response to the call for papers and the research presented promises to be diverse and inspiring. The conference will examine creative pattern cutting within contemporary fashion and aims to provide a platform for pattern cutters, fashion designers, students, and educators to explore the impact and direction for creative pattern cutting.

    Registration is through the conference website:

    Then click on Book now for the early bird conference rate!

    Early bird registration: 16th February - 31st October 2015

    Early bird conference cost:
          One day - £160 with dinner - £120 without dinner
          Two day - £250 with dinner - £210 without dinner

    Late registration: 1st November 2015 - 12th February 2016

    Late registration conference cost:
          One day - £180 with dinner - £140 without dinner
          Two day - £290 with dinner - £250 without dinner

    Student rate - Student places are limited
          Full conference - £190 with dinner - £150 without dinner

    Registration closes: 12th February 2016

    Conference: 24th and 25th February 2016


    POST- ITMA 2015
     One - Day Conference Covering 
     Latest Developments in Textile Processes and Products 
    Thursday 25 February 2016
    Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, 
    Manchester, M2 5NS, UK

    Organised by: Manchester and Cheshire Section of The Textile Institute
    Chairman: Dr Kim Gandhi (
    Hon. Secretary: Helen Boden Colebourn (

     The Post-ITMA conference programme will be covered  by the below listed distinguished 
     speakers in their respective fields who will present their views on  
     "WHAT WAS NEW AT ITMA 2015 " as experienced at the prestigious exhibition. The 
     event will cover the latest scientific and technological developments in Spinning, Yarn 
     Preparation, Weaving, Warp and Weft  Knitting, Nonwovens, Dyeing, Finishing and 
     Printing, Sustainability and  Textile Design/Management.

     Attendance at the conference has been designed for a wide range of personnel including 
     those who could not get the opportunity of attending ITMA 2015 and are engaged directly 
     or indirectly in the processing  and production of textiles in one form or the other 
     Marketing, Education and Research.


     Registration: 8.30 - 9.25 am

     Session 1: 9.25 - 1.00 pm (Inc of tea/coffee break)
     Developments in Fibres / Spinning -  Mr Adrian Wilson, ITMA Editorial Consultant, UK. 
     Developments in Yarn Preparation & Weaving - Dr Kim Gandhi CText FTI, Consultant, 
     Developments in Warp and Weft Knitting - Prof Subhash Anand MBE CompTI 
     CText FTI, University of Bolton, UK.
     Developments in Nonwovens - Prof Stephen J Russell CText FTI, University of Leeds, UK.
     1.00 - 1.50 pm  LUNCH BREAK

     Session 2: 1.50 - 4.00 pm 

     Developments in Dyeing, Finishing and Printing -Dr Ian Holme CText FTI, Technical 
     Editor, International Dyer, UK.
     Developments in Sustainability - Vanessa Knowles, Managing Editor, textiles, UK.
     Developments in Textile Design/Management -  Dr Pammi Sinha CText.FTI, 
     University of Leeds, UK.

     Please click here to booking for the conference


    London & South East England Section

    Wednesday 2 March 2016

    London College of Fashion - Room GO5
    272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EX
    6.30pm for 7.00pm start

    A Creative Vision?

    The future of education in arts and creativity: beyond the Warwick report

    Professor Linda Drew, Director and CEO of Ravensbourne

    Prof Drew will address the following:

    • Why the Warwick Report? Why should we be interested about its findings?
    • What are the implications for schools, further and higher education? Will a creative education become a privilege?
    • Recommendations and interventions, what are other agencies doing? e.g. Arts Council England; Creative Industries Federation; Sorrell Foundation
    • How can different sectors of the creative industries rise to this challenge? What can we do to support future creatives and their audiences/consumers?

    Followed by a Q&A discussion

    Members (inc SDC) and students free- Non Members £5.00

    For more information contact Bill Bohm or T: 0208 4495968


    Introduction to Clothing - Garment specification short course

    Thursday 3 March 2016
    09:00 - 16:30
    Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester


    Delegates will gain an understanding of the different specifications used within the garment industry. They will carry out a variety of in-class activities relating to garment specifications and will be able to relate them to specific job roles that exist within the fashion industry.

    Who is this course suitable for?

    This course is suitable for anyone working in fashion who has little or no prior knowledge of the industry. It is suitable for those employed in retail environments as well as those involved in the preparation and production of the garments.

    At the end of the course delegates will:

    1. Recognise the range of garment specifications that exist in the fashion industry;

    2. Understand how these specifications are used at different stages of garment development and production;

    3. Acknowledge the importance of accuracy in garment specifications;

    4. Be able to complete a set of basic production specifications for a designated garment.

    Don't miss out, limited spaces so book now!

    Introduction to Clothing Booking form


    Introduction to Clothing - The product development process

    Thursday 17 March, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm UTC+0
    Friends’ Meeting House, Manchester

    The product development process short course


    Delegates will carry out a variety of in-class activities which will enable them appreciate the different stages involved in the process of developing fashion product. They will also be able to recognise a variety of the job roles that exist within the fashion industry.

     Who is this course suitable for?

    This course is suitable for anyone working in fashion who has little or no prior knowledge of the industry. It is suitable for those employed in retail environments as well as those involved in the preparation and production of the garments.

    At the end of the course delegates will:

    1. Have a basic understanding of the product development process

    2. Appreciate the complex nature of developing a new product

    3. Identify some of the stages involved in the process

    4. Recognise the work undertaken by people working in different job roles

    Don’t miss out, limited spaces so book now!

    Introduction to Clothing - Booking Form


    Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar:
    The UK fashion and textile industry -  priorities for domestic manufacturing, export and skills

    Date: Tuesday, 12th April 2016 (date changed from 22 October 2015)
    Timing: 8:30 - 13:00
    Venue: Central London

    Guests of Honour: John Miln, Chief Executive Officer, UK Fashion and Textile Association and Lorna Fitzsimons, Managing Director, Lorna Fitzsimons Consulting and Director, The Alliance Project and Textile Growth Fund

    In the context of the success of 'brand Britain', and against a background of growing changes in the global textiles market and sustainability concerns, delegates at this seminar will consider the current landscape for textile and clothing manufacturing in the UK - as well as next steps for protecting and stimulating prosperous fashion districts. It will bring together senior Parliamentarians and officials with key stakeholders across the UK fashion industry to examine the next steps for supporting further growth in the sector.

    Delegates will also assess latest thinking on strategies for exporting and raising the profile of UK fashion internationally, for seizing opportunities in new markets, and for responding to challenges including emerging rival design hubs and alternative fashion weeks, domestic public funding pressures, and latest concerns on IP protection and enforcement.

    Further planned sessions will discuss priorities for the engagement and recruitment of diverse young people into the UK fashion industry and ensuring that the next generation of talent have the relevant technical and entrepreneurial skills required to compete in the global fashion market.

    For further information please click here


    The 90th Textile Institute World Conference
    25-28 April 2016, Poznan, Poland

    The Textile Institute is delighted to announce that the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants (INF&MP) will be hosting the 90th Textile Institute World Conference.

    INF&MP has been involved in complex research and development works on fibrous raw materials both of plant and animal origin. The Institute works on obtaining, characterising and applying of natural fibres both in traditional and advanced applications. The Institute is involved in a number of national and international research projects; cooperates multi directionally with numerous research centers worldwide; works for agriculture, environment protection, construction, transport, food and pharmaceutical industries and medicine.

    Poland is situated in the geographical heart of Europe. Poland is a very rapidly developing country, with a long tradition of excellent scientific research in new materials, natural fibers as well as in polymers and composite materials.

    Poznan is the capital city of Wielkopolska, the Western part of the country and the cradle of the Polish State. It is one of the oldest cities in Poland with many well-preserved monuments of architecture like the Renaissance City Hall in Old Market Place and the Gothic Cathedral situated on an island. Poznan is an important industrial centre and a traditional place of international trade fairs. 

    The conference will aim to establish international interdisciplinary cooperation in various fields of science, research and economy that are linked by textile technology in its broad meaning.

    A full Call for Papers and the Conference website will be available in the coming weeks.

    Download abstract guidelines here.

    Founding Sponsor: Taylor & Francis Ltd


    Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar
    Creative industries in England - regional growth, funding models and policy priorities

    Date: Thursday, 19th May 2016
    Timing: 8:30 - 13:00

    Venue: Central London

    Planned sessions examine how the sector, working with local and central government and their agencies, can effectively implement a joined-up strategy to support innovation, commercial growth and the development of talent in order to ensure England’s future success in an increasingly competitive global marketplace and secure a sustainable infrastructure of support for creative companies outside London.

    In light of a drive towards devolved decision-making of strategy and funding in the English regions, and four years on from the abolition of regional development agencies, delegates will also examine the current landscape for access to finance for different creative industries across England - including the distribution of public funds and levels of private investment - and identify the shortfalls which need to be addressed going forward.

    For further information please click here


    Levinstein Lecture: Flame retardant on all types of substrates

    October 19, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    Ivan Levinstein Memorial Lecture - Established 1946

    The Ivan Levinstein Memorial Lecture was endowed by Dr Herbert Levinstein to commemorate the life and achievements of his father, who was a pioneer in the dyestuffs industry. Levinstein was extremely fortunate to have both the prolific inventor’s brain, as well as the drive, ambition and vision that goes with being a successful entrepreneur. Remarkably, he was only 19 when he began manufacturing aniline dyestuffs and other products. Read more on Ivan Levinstein.

    Nomination By: SCI Member or Committee
    Qualification: Excellence in chemical research and knowledge
    Description: Lecture, followed by dinner and presentation of a scroll or memento
    Presented At: Liverpool and North West Regional Group Event
    Frequency: Once every three years, or at the Committee’s discretion
    Selection: SCI World President and Liverpool and North West Regional Group Chairman and Honorary Secretary

    Date: Wednesday 19th October 2016
    Venue: University of Bolton, Main lecture theatre, main building
    Speaker: Professor Richard Horrocks


    Please email Marie Connor to register for your complimentary place.


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